Professor Tannatt William Edgeworth David
At the last meeting of the Senate held on the 22nd of December, a letter was received from Sir Edgeworth David resigning his position as Professor of Geology.
In order not to break the continuity of service of such an honoured and wll-beloved member of the University, the Senate appointed him as from the 1st of January, 1925, Emeritus Professor of Geology, and placed on record an expression of its sense of the loss sustained through his retirement from the Chair.
The following is the resolution which was adopted at the adjourned meeting in December 1924:
The Senate accepts, with great regret, the resignation offered by Professor Sir T. V. Edgeworth David, K.B.E., C.M.G., E.R.S., B.A., D.Sc., of the Chair of Geology and Physical Geography, and of the William Hilton Hoven Lectureship, as from Decemher 31st, 1924.
At his retirement, Professor David will have completed thirty-three years of service, including eight years as Dean of the Faculty of Science, and twelve years as Chairman of the Professorial Board. He has brought continuous honour upon the University by most arduous and eminent services to Geological Science while conferring repeated material benefit upon the State by direction given to its coal-mining and dependent industries. His teaching has been an unfailing inspiration of undergraduates to whom he gave, with a technical training that fitted many of them to serve their country in some of its most important scientific positions, an example of ascetic devotion to science for its own sake, and of power to combine a humanist ideal with the spirit of scientific research. His leadership in great causes, within and without the University, particularly during the Great War, confirmed and extended, by further revelation of his rare gifts of nature, the authority first won by him as a man of science among the people of Australia. His record will ever remain an effective part of the proudest tradition of the University.
The Senate hopes that Professor David may live long to enjoy his leisure; and that he will now he able to complete his definitive book on the Geology of Australia."
At the last meeting of the Professorial Board held in December 1924, the resignation of Sir Edgeworth David was received. In accepting the resignation with regret, the Board placed on record a fitting tribute to the eminent services rendered by Sir Edgeworth David in his capacity of Chairman. He has been succeeded by Professor the Hon. J. B. Peden,.who will hold office as Chairman until November, 1925.